April 29, 2004
Bi-partisan support for the Consumers Assurance of Radiologic Excellence bill continues to grow with 21 co-sponsors added to the House total and two to the Senate total since the RT in DC blitz last month.
On March 9 more than 100 radiologic technologists, including members of the SNMTS, spent the day on Capitol Hill lobbying for passage of legislation mandating licensing of radiologic technologists in all states. (See related story link below.) A number of legislators signed up as co-sponsors immediately after the tech blitz, but apparently the effects of the grassroots lobbying effort are continuing.
More co-sponsors have signed up in the last two months than in any comparable time period since Rep. Heather Wilson, (R-NM) introduced the bill, HR 1214, in March 2003. The total number of sponsors in the House now stands at 101. The bill has been in the House subcommittee on Health for just over one year. In the Senate, S1197 has been in the committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions since it was introduced in June of last year by Sen. Michael B. Enzi, (R-WY). Including Enzi, the bill has 13 Senate sponsors.
New co-sponsors in the House are: Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, (D-NY), Rep. Jerry F. Costello, (D-IL), Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, (D-FL), Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), Rep. Jim Ryun, (R-KS), Rep. John F. Tierney, (MA), Rep. Sue W. Kelly, (R-NY), Rep. Richard E. Neal, (D-MA), Rep. Philip M. Crane, (R-IL), Rep. Betty McCollum, (D-MN), Rep. Corrine Brown, (D-FL), Rep. Ken Lucas, (D-KY), Rep. John M. McHugh, (R-NY), Rep. Robert Brady, (D-PA), Rep. Brian Baird, (D-WA), Rep. James P. Moran, (D-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-WI), Rep. Ron Kind, (D-WI), Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, (D-MA), Rep. John Boozman, (R-AR), and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, (D-NY).
Sen. Thad Cochran, (R-MS) and Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., (D-DE) have added their names to the co-sponsor list for the companion bill, known as the RadCARE Act, in the Senate.